What is the Gospel? : Track #7

A Series of Studies on the foundational Doctrines of the Gospel

Part II He Chose Us (Ephesians 1:4)

II.4. The Will of God and the Will of Man

Truth in tension:

Romans 9:16:
“So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy” (KJV)

Revelation 22:17:
“Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (KJV)

1. Salvation depends on the Will of God

a) Analogy of God’s ways

  • Sovereignty in creation
  • Sovereignty in providence

“If God saves me without my works, then he must choose me apart from them too.” Michael Horton: “Putting Amazing back into Grace”

b) Alternatives of other theories

  • If salvation depends on man’s will, God’s whole plan becomes doubtful
  • If salvation depends on man’s will, man becomes supreme being in the universe.

c) Actuality of man’s condition

  • A dead man cannot exercise his will

d) Accounts of believer’s experiences

e) Authority of God’s Word

2. Man’s Will has its proper place in Scripture

“He ran to Christ with full consent against his will” Erskine.

“The hen goes clucking about the farmyard all day long; that is the general call of the gospel. But she sees a hawk up in the sky and she gives a sharp cry for her little ones to come and hide under her wings; that is the special call - they come and are safe!” John Bunyan

Brian Watts is Pastor of The King's Community Church and lives in Langley with his wife Rosalind.
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